Season 4 Episode 5

Welcome to Liberty Village

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 26, 2005 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Sydney and Vaughn are sent to infiltrate a training camp run by the October Contingent. Posing as a Chechen couple, they are taken to a former military base that has been designed to resemble a suburban American neighborhood. Sydney and Vaughn find themselves in a unique position of having to 'learn' how to pose as Americans. But these civics lessons have deadly consequences for the losers.moreless

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  • isn't the cold war over? do we need to keep rehashing this?

    The "recreated American village" where spies go to learn how to be American.

    Amusing the first time we saw it- in 1966 Mission Impossible "The Carriers" episode.

    You know so you could set up sleeper agents, like Little Nikita in the mid'80's, or like Sydney's mom turned out....

  • Awesome!

    Let's see, Sydney and Vaughn get "recruited" to live in the Liberty Village in Russia. This is no ordianary village though, there are crazy Russians who want you to kill others for your place in their "town". Luckily for us, this is Alias and so this is no big deal. I found it hilarious when they were at the used car dealership! Sydney and Vaughn also "got back together" in this episode, after all of the Lauren drama. So all in all, it's pretty great and there's a lot of action. I'd say it's the best of season four, possibly my favorite from the whole series, definitly worth watching.moreless
  • Overall, this is a commendable effort at a lighter, mytho-less hour filled with bizarre action sequences and brilliant one-liners.

    While season 4 continues its streak of stand-alone episodes, succeeding to various degrees, though failing to retain that true Alias feel, Welcome to Liberty Village is the first episode to showcase that, no matter the formula, this spy series can excel at anything. This is mostly down to a razor-sharp script, courtesy of genre fave, and long-time Whedon writer, Drew Goddard. This hour borderlines on full-throttle comedy - with some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments and plenty of visual gags on offer, WTLV has a nice mix of character-driven drama and small touches that make it that bit more special. The entire concept is played for laughs, and from Weiss' few jabs at Syd and Vaughn about being as spontaneous as his dead grandparents, resulting in Syd overanalyzing their reasons for overanalyzing their relationship, I knew I'd be in for a treat.

    Comparing this to the crème of the crop of Alias, this hour wouldn't even radar, but this is admittedly one of my favourite episodes, and that's because of the small stuff. Vaughn telling Syd in a roundabout way what he had planned in Santa Barbra before she had to go become all corpselike was fantastic; their little bathroom briefs were wonderful ('who says we're boring?') and the dialogue, especially, felt very fresh and playful. Overall, this is a commendable effort at a lighter, mytho-less hour filled with bizarre action sequences and brilliant one-liners. I wouldn't want every episode to be this flippant, and indeed, it's truly the only one of its kind from this series, but I'm glad its in here amongst the plethora of angst-driven, mind-boggling stories; probably the closet the show will ever get to resembling an hour of Chuck (and as a matter of fact, said show has a similarly themed episode in its second season).moreless
  • Review

    Looks as if this season is going to be the season of random missions with no overall story arch seeming to stem from the five episodes that we have seen so far. I did like the Liberty Village storyline, for the advancement of Vaughn and Sydneys relationship for the most part - but it was a good epsiode to watch all around as they lost contact with the APO very soon into the operation.

    I liked the idea of Liberty VIllage enough that I wish they had broadcasted it over the span of two episodes as I think that would have been a nice little storyarch to cover two episodes of the season. I still dont feel like the Alias that Ive watched before. The new season seems like the show is trying to redefine the parts of the show that needed to be left alone. The black ops version of the CIA doesnt even feel like that - but that could be because of Arvin Sloane at the head of the leadership. Best episode of the season so far, problem is I rated it a 9.0. Season 4 feels like a new show, one that I dont really care for.moreless
  • The first "standalone" episode that actually works.

    'Ice' was horrendous. A cheap horror flick. Luckily, Liberty village makes up for it! This particular standalone episode was -for a change-good. It didn't remind me of Alias at all, but still, it was very enjoyable, and somewhat nerve wracking.

    The whole concept of going undercover in a terrorist cell is fascinating. Vaughn and Syd has to play an american couple, to win the confidence of the terrorists. However... all this in the middle of Russia in an artificial american town.

    The episode builds on Vaughn's and Syd's somewhat troubled relationship. Unfortunately, the biggest issue of this episode, is that, it was meant to be the 9th. That means, in this episode, their love to eachother should have been 'colder'. Because, in the following episode, Syd and Vaughn feel much less 'connected' than in this episode.

    Overally, very enjoyable episode, very good, but despite all the attempts, it's still not Alias. The characters are still dumbed down to "CSI" level, and the plot is still very predictable. 1 mission per episode, you just KNOW that by the end, everything will get solved.moreless
Greg Grunberg

Greg Grunberg

Eric Weiss

Kevin Weisman

Kevin Weisman

Marshall J. Flinkman

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner

Sydney Anne Bristow

Carl Lumbly

Carl Lumbly

Marcus R. Dixon

Ron Rifkin

Ron Rifkin

Arvin Sloane

Michael Vartan

Michael Vartan

Michael C. Vaughn

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Sydney and Vaughn are spinning a story about visiting Rome nearly five years earlier, and wanting to go during the millennium but then holding off until the spring and hearing the Pope speak it is possible they were both talking about the time, back when the DSR wanted to know why Syndey's face was in the Rambaldi book, that Sydney and Vaughn broke into the Vatican. Given the two year gap in Sydney's memories between seasons two and three, it would have been five years earlier that that trip the Vatican City happened.

    • Goof: Jack: Russian base housing resemble barracks. Those are single-family homes with lawns and cul-de-sacs. The plural of cul-de-sac is culs-de-sac. Anyone who speaks French as well as Jack is supposed to would not make that mistake (cul-de-sac is, literally, French for dead end street).

    • Number 47: (hidden) 1526 Glenbury Lane...
      Subtract the even digit place from the preceding odd digit place to get 4 (5-1=4; 6-2-4). Add either the outer or inner digits to get 7 (1+6=7; 5+2=7). Arrange to get "47".

    • Number 47: 47, the Number of people killed in the Grozny bombing in 98 according to Sloane.

    • Goof: When Jack comes to Sloane asking to know more about the October Group, his mouth does not move - this section has been dubbed.

    • Goof: Tom's car plates should be in Cyrillic not Latin letters.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Sydney: I happen to like us. Even if we're cold...
      Vaughn: And boring... don't forget the boring.
      Sydney: How could I?

    • (Vaughn and Sydney infiltrate a terrorist training facility)
      Tom: First sight of trouble we sound the alarm, lock down the streets, give the snipers a go ahead to fire at hostiles, it's our version of the "Neighborhood Watch" program.

    • (Weiss is talking about bowling)
      Nadia: It doesn't make any sense.
      Weiss: What is so hard to understand? Take a ball right, you roll it, knock over some pins and everyone cheers you.
      Vaughn: Or in your case everyone laughs.

    • Vaughn: You know, we have operational command of this aircraft. The pilot could take us anywhere we want...
      Sydney: (playfully scolding) Our orders are to proceed with our extraction. If we were divert this aircraft for our personal use, we would get into a lot of trouble.
      Vaughn: Yes.
      Sydney: (looking a bit disappointed) Yeah...
      Vaughn: Wanna have dinner with me in Paris?
      Sydney: (no hesitation at all) Absolutely.

    • Sydney: The story you told at the dealership. We were supposed to go to Santa Barbara three years ago. We never made it.
      Vaughn: Karen and Dave did.

    • Phil: How'd he pop the question?
      Sydney: He took me to...
      Vaughn: Santa Barbara, actually. I had this whole romantic weekend planned. Presidential suite at the Biltmore. Candlelit dinner on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. So we went into town and she wouldn't stop talking about the zoo. So we went to the zoo. I figured I had to get it over with. THen I saw how happy it made her. That made me forget about all my stupid plans. And here we had a personal chef making this unbelievable meal at the hotel and I proposed on one knee in sawdust in front of a giraffe with a crooked neck.

    • (Sydney and and her relationship with Vaughn)
      Sydney: We're fun
      Weiss: Yeah right, you guys are as spontaneous as my grandparents. And they're dead.

    • Marshall: Hey, is that a swing set? That looks like my neighborhood.

    • The Dealer: One couple will get to join our little group and, oh yes, a new convertible, and the other couple, well, will die.

    • Jack: Irina Derevko collected 19th century literature. There was a small bookstore in Prague that stocked rare first editions. Whenever I was in town I would buy one for her as a gift.
      Marshall: Oh, that's sweet.
      Jack: The KGB encoded assassination orders in these pages.
      Marshall: Well, that's not as sweet.

    • Sydney: That's how we live Phil, fast.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Marshall: More importantly, why are they all dressed up like the Cleavers?

      Cleavers are the main family from the American sit-com Leave It to Beaver.

    • Tom: Rise and shine.
      The Prisoner is a show from the 60s in which the main character gets abducted and held prisoner in a secret village that forms it's own miniature society. Prisoners are held under constant video surveillance. Every morning the radios and speakers throughout the village repeat the line: "Good morning! Rise and shine, rise and shine!